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Mio Technology Moov 310 GPS
The $250 Mio Moov 310 lacks many of the extras that you'll find on higher-end GPS devices such as the Dash Express, Garmin Nuvi 680, and TomTom Go 720, but this unit is a good buy as an entry-level navigation system.
The Moov comes with only the basics, making for painless and straightforward setup. Along with the unit, you get an in-car charger, a car mount, a USB cable for connecting to a PC, an FM antenna for traffic information, and a software and documentation CD. Although it's inexpensive, the Moov doesn't look or feel cheap; it's much sleeker than similar-size GPS units such as the LG LN790. Its bright 4.3-inch-wide touch screen is easy to see while driving.
Mio gets its mapping information from Tele Atlas, and, for the most part, the turn-by-turn directions the device provided were accurate in my testing. Once, when I drove across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the unit seemed to think that I was driving on a street below the bridge--or perhaps that I had plunged into the water. Other than that, though, the Moov 310 always seemed to know where I was and how to get where I needed to go. And even in a city of complicated streets like San Francisco, the GPS didn't send me the wrong way down a one-way lane.
Using the Moov's Points of Interest feature, I was able to locate parks, museums, banks, and gas stations. I did experience a noticeable lag when I was searching for a point of interest; and when I set the device to take me to a nearby convenience store, it told me the store was on my left when in reality it was on my right. Still, it got me there just fine.
Another minor glitch: Occasionally when I pressed an option in the Moov's main menu--specifically one for changing audio preferences--I would hear a beep signaling that I had pressed the button, but nothing would happen. When I pressed the button a second time, however, the unit recognized my selection.
Mio's Moov 310 offers real-time traffic updates (free for the first year). Though not as sophisticated as a comparable feature on the Dash Express, the traffic-alert information on the 310 is incredibly useful. On the other hand, the last thing I need to run in my vehicle is another antenna--so I would have
The Mio Moov 310 lacks premium features such as Bluetooth connectivity, FM transmission to your car stereo, Wi-Fi connectivity,
Mio Technology Moov 310 GPS
Despite its simplicity, this is a great buy as an entry-level GPS.
- Generally accurate navigation
- Occasional minor glitches
- Basic, no-frills unit
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